Irvine Meadow boss Brian McGinty is hoping an intensive run of friendlies can have his players firing on all cylinders for the start of the Premiership season.
Meadow are set to play seven games in 19 days – starting with three next week.
First up is a trip to Ashfield on ,,Monday, July 1 quickly followed by a trip to Darvel two days later.
Meadow play their first home game against Bo’ness on Saturday, July 6 and there’s little let-up the following week.
They face back-to-back home games against Petershill on Wednesday, July 10 and Kilsyth on Saturday, July 13.
The heavy schedule then heads to a conclusion with a trip to face Johnstone Burgh on Wednesday, July 17 followed by another home game against Lesmahagow on Saturday, July 20.
McGinty said: “Match sharpness is very important for all the players but particularly for the boys who finished last season out injured. There’s a lot of games but these players need time to find their feet again.”
McGinty has been delighted with the progress made at Meadow’s pre-season camp.
“We got the balls out this week for some short games and the tempo and intensity was really good.
“We’ve picked up a few niggles as you normally do at this time of year but it’s not anything that will keep boys out for more than a couple of sessions.”
Work is continuing at a pace off the pitch too as Meadow put the final touches to some ground improvements.
New enclosures, two for home fans near the Main Stand, one for wheelchair supporters and two for visitors on the tr,,aditional open terrace are well on their way to being completed.
The away dugout has also been extended.